ADDINGTON FORKS, ANTIGONISH COUNTY

A locality south west of Antigonish, where several streams and roads converge.

It formed part of a grant of 23,000 acres in April, 1804, to Lawrence
Hartshorne, Halifax business man.  Named in tribute to Henry Addington,
Viscount Sidmouth, speaker of the House of Commons from 1789 to 1801, when he
became Prime Minister of Great Britain and negotiated the Treaty of Amiens
with Napoleon.  Following the renewal of the war, Addington was forced to
resign in May, 1804 in favor of Pitt because of dissatisfaction with his war
policy.

Part of school section No. 50, Beaver Meadow, originally extended from Salt
Springs westward toward Pictou County border.  John CHISHOLM was teaching
there in 1831 and Norma MacDONALD in 1848.  Among early settlers in the
district were MacDONALD, CAMERON, McRAE, McLEAN, MacLAUCHLEN, CHISHOLM, SHEA,
AND MacINNIS.  It became a way office in 1856 and Norma MacDONALD was way
office keeper in 1868.

Situated in one of the most fertile farming districts of Antigonish County,
there was a flax mill there in 1823 and a saw mill there in 1898. [Typed as
printed - but I believe 'Norma' should be 'Norman'.]